God Talk

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People are talking about spiritual things. Gallup says in America alone, 82% of us are on a spiritual journey; 52% have talked about it in the previous 24 hours. The same pattern can be seen around the world. Ever notice that Jesus tapped into the conversation in a variety of ways?

1) In public, Jesus taught on occasion, but more frequently he told parables that raised provocative questions and invited people into the process of exploring the answers. Some people just didn’t get it, others were curious and came back for more. Mark 4 (The Parable of the Sower and Seed)

2) In private he explained things more fully to his disciples. After telling of the Parable of the Sower and The Seed to a crowd, Jesus interpreted it to his disciples who were apparently chosen, not because they “got it,” but because they wanted to get it! They had demonstrated the depth of their interest by leaving their nets to follow him. “He did not speak to them without a parable (publicly), but privately to his own disciples he explained everything.” (Mark 4:34.)

3) When an individual was changed by Jesus through teaching or a sign or wonder, Jesus often did not invite them to travel with him, instead he encouraged them to tell their friends what had happened, as in the case of the demoniac whose life was completely transformed after meeting Jesus.

“As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed with demons begged him that he might be with him. And he did not permit him but said to him, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him, and everyone marveled.”

Here we see a rhythm to communicating about the spiritual.

Publicly and in groups, Jesus provoked interest and piqued curiosity, like in an episode of “Lost” where the seeker is tantalized into wanting more.

Privately to those who are truly and demonstrably interested, Jesus went deeper and explained more.

Personally, he encouraged his followers to talk with their friends about their personal journey.

God talk is alive and well worldwide. Get in the conversation!

Yours for the pursuit of God in the company of friends, Dick Staub.

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